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Nowhere but Up
The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom
by Pattie Mallette with A J Gregory
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:18 September 2012
Pattie Mallette, the mother of Justin Bieber ("the number one name in pop music across the world", according to Google) tells her story, with great frankness, and I recommend it to you. It's a harrowing life story at first – sexually abused as a child, caught up in a lifestyle of partying, alcohol and drugs (though fortunately not addicted), and pregnant in her teens. John Brown, director of a community centre Pattie frequented and a Christian, was about the only person who kept on caring about her. He said to Pattie, "When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up. Why don't you see what God wants to do with your life?" Pattie's life would indeed be changed by the impact of the reality of God. She had always been "intrigued" by the Bible texts on the wall of a neighbour's living room. But now she became a believer and a churchgoer, not that she pretends that all of life became easy overnight. She has a son, Justin, and describes how he became a celebrity and how she oversaw the beginnings of his career. But all the while, her own healing process continues, and she admits that she has not yet arrived at her "final destination of emotional wholeness", though she is further down the road than she could ever have imagined. She has had to learn to "admit my victimisation", but also to "refuse to be a victim". "I had a choice to let the pain define me or to heal from its wounds. I made the choice to heal, to move on without those wounds crippling my journey. I made the choice to live, to really live. It has not been easy, but it has been worth it." And she has come to terms with the need to forgive. So the book ends with the words, "To my abusers: I forgive you."
You can follow Pattie on Twitter (&Pattie Mallette).
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (10/01/13)